What Are Disorders?
A disorder is, literally, something that is out of the ordinary or lacks in order. In terms of physical, mental and emotional disorders it refers more closely to an ailment or illness. Generally speaking, disorders can be broken down into several categories. Physical, mental and emotional disorders are the most common. All of these can manifest themselves in different ways. Some will present with purely physical symptoms but in many cases the disorder itself can cause a wide range of symptoms.
Poor Self Perception
Eating disorders have hit the headlines in recent years. As the body beautiful becomes more important to the world as a whole, people are turning to often more dangerous methods to get thin and stay thin. However, the nature of many eating disorders is such that even those we would consider to already be thin want to lose more weight. Self perception plays a big part in many eating disorders and other mental disorders.
Coping And Dealing With Disorders
Coping with any disorder is very difficult for the patient and for the family and friends. In many instances, those close to the sufferer do not realise there is a problem and when they do find out, it is a struggle to know how to help. The most important step if you suspect someone is suffering from any kind of disorder is to seek guidance from a professional. Researching valid information can really help with the daily management of disorders but a physician or other medical professional can give a much clearer indication of the extent of the problem and the best course to take.
Help Is Available
Always remember that there is someone out there that can help. Sufferers as well as their families often feel isolated and unwilling to seek help. They feel that the disorder is a slur on them and that people will criticize them for it. This isn't the case. Physicians, psychiatrists, mental health professionals and support groups all exist to help people in any situation.